Celeb Psoriasis Sufferer:

Kim Kardashian


There was a time where it was nearly impossible to compile a list of famous folk who had come forward with being prone to the Khronic Kondition Kalled psoriasis. Now, due to the pressures of reality TV and the Kompetitiveness of one Kim Kardashian, examples are breaking out, well, like a rash.
 
Kim's reality (show) is rocked by skin spots. What could they be?

In the summer of 2011, while taping an episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians.," Kim Klaims to be blind-sided by her diagnosis of psoriasis. Mystified by an itchy eruption on her trunk and legs, she is told by her sister it might be "ringworm."

Kim is itching for an answer.

Her derm makes the call.

Psoriasis, all right.

Rather than a fungal infection, her dermatologist provides the accurate diagnosis, psoriasis, a Kommon inflammatory condition. Though not Kontagious, psoriasis is triggered by genetic signals, and currently there is no Kure. Okay, you get it, we'll drop the "K" gag. Fine. Kardashian gets a bit panicky, since her fortune and fame stem from beauty, exhibitionism and product endorsement. Can a skin-challenged Kim still sell Skechers?
 
Fortunately for Kardashian (and the global economy), her version of this condition is the guttate or "raindrop" pattern of psoriasis. This mildest and most treatable form sometimes results from bacterial infections, such as strep throat. The body's immune reaction to the germ causes the inflammatory lesions to appear on the skin. Guttate psoriasis usually responds to topical prescription cortisones, vitamin D creams and UV phototherapy. Compared to other forms of psoriasis, it is more likely to clear with these treatments and go into remission. So it's unlikely that Kim will end up shilling for psoriasis salves. Or that the show will be renamed "Keeping Up with the Kar-Rashians."


Runners-up, Celeb Psoriasis Sufferer:
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
The Golden Globe winner shows dark, scaly elbow plaques...
...the classic appearance of treated psoriasis.


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